Naval Architect

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Date: May 17, 2022

Location: London, London, GB

Company: Bureau Veritas

Naval Architect (London) 

TMC was acquired by Bureau Veritas in 2016 and is organised as part of the Global Services Zone under the Marine and Offshore division. It is an exciting time for the company as the zone is integrated to become a large and agile consultancy organisation with substantial opportunities for advancement.

The kind of work that the candidates will be expected to take on is varied and includes incident investigations, claims support, general marine inspections, advice on marine matters, expert witness work, salvage & wreck removal etc. However, in true consultancy style we are open to all new opportunities that befit our expertise so we are supportive of new business endeavours. Generally, our frontline naval architects will attend on site to conduct inspections and gather evidence, will have a good degree of desktop analysis and reporting, and will then often be required to take the stand in court or arbitration as an expert witness.

This is a varied and challenging but always interesting job, It will best suit an enquiring mind.

Common Requirements:

  1. Must be a degree qualified naval architecture educated at a recognised and/or RINA accredited university.
  2. Must have a solid mix of technical expertise including stability and first principles structures.
  3. Must be willing to travel at short notice and sometimes for extended periods (potentially up to a month).
  4. Must have a high standard of oral and written English. Competence needs to be equivalent to English as a first language. A foreign language is beneficial.
  5. Must be a self-starter with a drive and eagerness to succeed, happy to work independently and someone who ‘lives’ a strong service-delivery culture.
  6. Must be comfortable in social situations and confident on an interpersonal level.
  7. Must have the right to permanently reside and work in the UK.
  8. Must be a wholly competent user of MS Word and other office-based packages.
  9. Must be responsible, trustworthy, and always embodying the highest ethical standards.

Senior Profile:

  1. 10+ years industry experience with a background including one or more of: shipbuilding, ship/offshore design, ship owning/operation, marine insurance, MAIB (accident investigation) or classification.
  2. Beneficial to have previously worked in marine consultancy sector but not essential. However, must have a good general working knowledge of where consultancy fits in the marine industry.
  3. Must have a good working knowledge of shipbuilding, vessel types, regulatory regimes, classification, insurance, marine operations etc.
  4. Beneficial to have in depth knowledge of: P&I, marine claims, legal issues, incident investigation and salvage.
  5. Must have some practical (field) experience e.g. in a shipyard, onboard ship or surveying.
  6. CEng but not essential subject to background and experience. Demonstrate commitment to continued professional development in either case
  7. Must have very solid technical skills extending to practical knowledge of advanced analysis techniques and tools (but does not need to be user).
  8. Preferably a generalist naval architect who has a varied working knowledge across the whole discipline including marine engineering concerns.
  9. Must be erudite and competent in drafting lengthy and complex yet wholly legible written documents.
  10. Must be personally confident in public situations and able to explain and defend own opinions under cross examination.
  11. Must be able to deal with high stress situations, often in circumstances where there is little to no support, and the matter is highly contentious.
  12. Must be happy in customer facing situations. Must be proactive and business development minded - able to sell.
  13. Must be financially astute and capable of managing a contract to ensure a profitable outcome.
  14. Beneficial to have team management experience.

Junior Profile:

  1. 4+ years industry experience.
  2. Must have an eagerness to develop in the marine industry and consultancy. A desire to travel and expand personal experience. Willingness to volunteer and to get stuck in.
  3. Demonstrate continued learning and professional development since graduation.
  4. Demonstrate a good general knowledge of shipbuilding, vessel types, regulatory regimes, classification, insurance, marine operations etc. Commensurate with time in industry.
  5. Beneficial to have some practical (field) experience e.g. in a shipyard, onboard ship or surveying.
  6. CEng preferable but not essential subject to background and experience.
  7. Must have solid technical skills including modern digital tools (but does not need to be expert user).
  8. Must be erudite and capable of drafting professional written documents.
  9. Beneficial to have skills in CAD or other graphical tools.
  10. Beneficial to have some programming skills, the capability to work with advanced excel routines etc.
  11. Must be personally confident and able to interact with stakeholders/ clients etc.
  12. Must be personally robust and willing to put oneself in challenging and stressful situations where business circumstances require.
  13. Demonstrate proactivity and a keenness towards business development.
  14. Be a good team player but equally happy to work independently with minimal oversight.


TMC has adopted a hybrid working practice with 2-3 days in the office but expect new employees to be predominantly office based until settled.

25 days Holiday + Bank Holidays

We operate time off in lieu system for weekend work.

Package to include car allowance, health insurance, non-contributory pension, discretionary annual bonus and commuting costs paid. All tax liabilities arising are for personal account.